“Aurora” is a Latin word meaning “the rising light of morning; dawn of day; a beginning.” This meaning exemplifies the spirit and attitude of parents who believe Aurora Academic Charter School to be a new beginning for their children.
AACS is a publicly funded charter school that reports to and is monitored by Alberta Education, with no formal ties or responsibilities to other local school boards. As with all charter schools, AACS receives from Alberta Education the same per capita grant as children in other public or separate systems. There are no tuition fees.
Aurora School’s charter was granted on May 16, 1996, and the school opened its doors on September 9, 1996, to 280 Kindergarten to Grade 8 students. In September of 1997, Grade 9 was added.
In September 2008, AACS moved to Sherbrooke School in Edmonton. The school has undergone a complete renovation, giving us the beautiful facility we have today.
In August 2022, following twenty-six years of operation, as part of the Strategic Plan Report 2018-2023 and due to high demand from families, AACS opened a high school with plans to add Grade 11 in 2023 and Grade 12 in 2024. The high school is located in Parkwest, Edmonton.
Aurora Academic Charter School wishes to promote the characteristics of “effective schools,” as outlined in our philosophy. The AACS philosophy is that children, when presented with an orderly and structured environment and the presence of properly sequenced teacher-directed classroom instruction, can excel in an academically-oriented program.
Aurora Academic Charter School, as a publicly funded institution, must adhere to Alberta Education’s Program of Studies. All AACS teachers are fully-certified. AACS also has an embellished curriculum in most subject areas in all grade levels. This has been achieved by acquiring texts appropriate to Aurora’s purposes and developing curricular materials suitable to meet the requirements of its charter.